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Infonetics Survey: Cloud and Data Center Operators Investing Heavily in Security, Rate Top Vendors

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Cloud and Data Center Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, for which data center and cloud operators were interviewed about their strategies for deploying security in the data center and their ratings of security vendors.


“The primary concern right now among service providers operating data centers is getting the security infrastructure to match the performance of the network infrastructure,” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. “When it comes to protecting data centers, nothing drives service providers to invest in security solutions more than the performance requirements driven by infrastructure upgrades and the increasing size and scale of attacks.”

Wilson adds: “The recent disclosures about the NSA stealing data from prominent data centers are causing a new wave of panic, forcing cloud and data center providers to feverishly shore up their networks and systems.”


  • Due to infrastructure and interface upgrades, many operators surveyed are planning serious spending on good old-fashioned firewalls; DDoS prevention systems are also a top priority
  • By 2015, nearly 2/3 of survey respondents will need firewalls that support between 100G and 499G, and another 30% anticipate needing over 500G
  • For respondents deploying virtual security appliances, the drivers have shifted away from visibility and management functions to security
  • Though operators are looking at the impact of SDN (software-defined networking) on security deployments, it is not yet heavily driving security spending
  • Arbor, Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, Fortinet, and McAfee are viewed by operator respondents as key data center/cloud vendors, although there is no clear leader
  • Many respondents are also evaluating products from F5 and Palo Alto Networks


Join Principal Analyst Jeff Wilson and WatchGuard Thursday, Jan. 30 for Redefining Network Security Performance: The Speed You Really Need for pointers on selecting firewall solutions that best meet IT security and performance requirements. Learn more and register today:


For its 25-page data center and cloud security survey, Infonetics interviewed 23 incumbent, competitive, mobile, and data center/cloud specialist carriers in North America, EMEA, and Asia about their strategies for deploying security in the data center. The study provides insights into data center and cloud security drivers, requirements, spending plans, deployments, suppliers, and more, and features operator ratings of 12 vendors (Arbor Networks, Check Point, Cisco, F5, Fortinet, HP, Juniper, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, VMware, WatchGuard) on 11 criteria. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics:



N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, [email protected], +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected], +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at

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